10-Day Summer Hermitage
New Online At Home Retreat Format
with Ariya Baumann
July 8 – 17, 2020
Online At Home
Guidance for Vipassana, Brahma Vihara, and the Four Protective Reflections will be available.
The Ten-Day Summer Online At Home Hermitage offers a uniquely supportive space of solitude and silence for qualified individuals who wish to undertake longer periods of intensive meditation practice. This ten- day online retreat will offer the opportunity for Vipassana/Insight, Brahma Vihara (loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity) practice as well as the Four Protective Reflections (the reflections on loving-kindness, the attributes of the Buddha, the non-beauty of the body, and death.) In consultation with the teacher, students will decide upon a course of practice that may be directed specifically toward Vipassana, Brahma Vihara or the Four Protective Reflections or some combination of these three.
The Mountain Hermitage will offer this ten-day Hermitage online from July 8-17, 2020, and invites experienced practitioners to join us for this period. A scholarship fund has been established to offer financial aid to those who would otherwise not be able to attend and to promote diversity. Applications and deposits are requested by June 30, 2020. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis. Hermitage retreats are small and intimate — maximum 20 people — so early application is recommended. Printable forms are at the bottom of this page.
PREREQUISITES FOR THIS RETREAT
Practitioners wishing to join us for this retreat: You must have sat three or more 5-10 day retreats. (If you have questions about your qualifications, you can call and speak with Hermitage staff.)
These retreats must have been led by a recognized teacher. Details of the qualifying retreats, including teachers’ names, dates, location and length of the retreat, must be documented on the application form.
Ariya Baumann was born and raised in Switzerland. She started to practise meditation during her training as a music and dance teacher at the conservatory in Zürich. In 1992, she went to Myanmar (Burma) and ordained as a nun under Sayadaw U Janaka and for many years she practised vipassana and metta meditation under his guidance. Later she assisted the Sayadaws by translating talks and interviews for foreign meditators. In 2006, she changed to the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Yangon, where she assisted Sayadaw U Indaka as well as teaching the foreign meditators herself.
In 2013, she disrobed and is now based in Switzerland from where she continues to teach vipassana and metta meditation courses worldwide besides taking care of her old father. Metta chants form an important part of her teaching as a beautiful way to open and soften the heart.
She has translated a number of Dhamma books from Burmese to English and German. These books include Mahasi Sayadaw’s ‘Manual of Insight’ and Sayadaw U Indaka’s books on ‘Metta’ and ‘The Factors of Enlightenment’.
She is a co-founder and president of ‘Metta In Action’ which supports a variety of social and medical projects throughout Burma, especially nunneries.
In addition to the teacher, the staff of the Ten-Day Online At Home Hermitage will consist of a Retreat Manager (the point of contact in case of any difficulties), and a supporting Retreat Manager/Technical Support.
ABOUT THE TEN-DAY ONLINE HERMITAGE
“There was an understanding by staff and teacher(s) of the combination of structure, freedom, and deep/simple teaching supportive of the practice of liberation.”
Ariya Baumann will guide The Mountain Hermitage’s Ten-Day Online At Home Summer Hermitage. This Hermitage is designed to offer experienced meditators the opportunity for more independent, less structured practice for an extended period of time. There is no fixed retreat schedule during this Hermitage time. The guidelines for each individual’s practice are worked out in consultation with the teacher. The program will provide a combination of independent practice with the opportunity to train with the guiding teacher in varying aspects of mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity practice as well as the practice of the Four Protective Reflections. This will contribute to a comprehensive deepening of practice and understanding.
Yogis are expected to maintain sustained and continuous practice during their ten days of the Online Hermitage. Teaching support will consist of at least 3-4 practice interviews during the ten days, Dhamma talks almost every day, and chanting practice and guided sitting meditation almost every day. Before each Dhamma talk there will be a renewed yogi group commitment to the refuges and precepts.
The Ten-Day Online At Home Summer Hermitage offers a unique practice opportunity. In order to benefit from this environment, applicants need to be largely self-sustaining in their practice and be comfortable in unbroken silence and solitude. All participants must be mentally stable and physically able to care for themselves. Any special needs must be discussed and agreed to in advance, as the staff is very small and cannot accommodate high levels of support for any individual.
It is asked that retreatants commit themselves fully to the retreat. All business and family obligations should be taken care of prior to arrival so that practice can be uninterrupted. At the bottom of this page is a document that has some suggested guidelines for setting up your retreat space at home and for navigating an online at home retreat.
SUGGESTED DAILY SCHEDULE
The general retreat schedule will consist of group events such as talks and group sits, plus a suggested schedule of alternate hours of sitting and walking. Retreatants may choose to follow the suggested schedule or tailor it to suit personal needs in consultation with the teacher. The times below are NM time. At the bottom of this page is a handy chart that has various time zones listed.
7:00 a.m. – Chanting practice, Instructions, & Sitting Meditation with Ariya
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Individual and/or Group practice meeting with Ariya
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Walk and sit alternate hours or personal schedule
1:00 p.m. – Dhamma Talk with Ariya
3:00 p.m. – Group Sit Retreat manager will be practice leader
4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. – Walk and sit alternate hours or personal schedule
6:00 p.m. – Group Sit Retreat manager will be practice leader
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Walk and sit alternate hours or personal schedule
Fees are on a sliding scale to allow you to pay according to your means. Our actual cost for the ten days online retreat per retreatant is $275. A portion of our scholarship funds is being allocated for this retreat to allow us to continue to offer the low range on the sliding scale. Please pay as much as you are able to allow others to attend who need to pay less. Any amount above the actual cost will be gratefully received and treated as a tax-deductible donation.
Sliding Scale Fees
$175 (low end) $275 (actual cost) $375 (benefactor)
Some additional scholarship funds are available, and there is no fee for monastics. Please fill out the special scholarship application form and include this with your regular application form. The Mountain Hermitage will gratefully receive donations to our scholarship fund to enable those in financial need to attend this retreat. Donations are tax-deductible and should be marked ‘Scholarship Fund’.
The retreat fees only cover basic expenses and operating costs. The teacher offers the Buddha Dharma without any set fee, and totally depend on DANA – on the generosity of their students and benefactors – for the support of their daily life needs.
DANA, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, giving, or gift, is central to the 2,600-year-old tradition of Buddhism. The teachings of the Buddha have been offered freely since the time of the Buddha. There was and is no way to put a price on the teachings of the truth – they are valuable beyond any fee one could set. At the end of the retreat, envelopes will be provided for you to offer Dana to the teacher. Giving to the teacher, from the heart, whatever feels appropriate, is the practice of Dana. You may also wish to offer Dana to the staff or to the Hermitage itself to support operating expenses or future scholarships.
USE OF FEES
Your fees for the Ten-Day Online At Home Hermitage will be used to pay for: various administrative costs that arise from the change of format, other general retreat expenses; and modest stipends for the teacher and retreat manager.
Your deposit is the amount of retreat fee that you are able to pay. Please send your this with your application.
This deposit will not be banked until your registration is confirmed. This amount will be returned in full to those not accepted, or to those who are on a waiting list at the time that the retreat begins.
The full amount of the retreat fee must accompany your application, even if you are requesting scholarship funds. No monies will be banked until you are accepted into the retreat.
Please pay by check or money order in US funds, drawn on a US bank. We cannot accept foreign cash or bank drafts, but we can accept international money orders in US dollars. Checks/money orders should be made payable to THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE. (We are sorry that we are unable to accept credit cards.)
Cancellation fees apply to all confirmed registrations.
Cancellations received on or before June 30, 2020: your deposit will be returned minus a $25 cancellation fee.
Cancellations received on or after July 1, 2020, including non-attendance at the retreat: your deposit cannot be refunded.
CANCELLATION FEES WILL BE APPLIED TO THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (after the cost of the retreat is covered).
If you attend the retreat but for some reason decide on your own to leave early, the amount you have paid cannot be refunded to you.
Anyone interested in attending the Ten-Day Online At Home Hermitage should read this document and the separate Practice Guidelines. Then complete the Application form and Waiver of Liability form, attach your deposit, and mail to: The Mountain Hermitage, PO Box 807, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. You can also email your application to us at email@example.com
Applications and deposits are requested by June 30, 2020. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis. Each application will be carefully reviewed by the teacher. In some cases, a personal or phone interview will be conducted with the guiding teacher prior to determination of suitability for this type of practice. All applications are processed by date received. We will respond within two weeks from receipt of your application.
If your application is not accepted for this retreat, your deposit will be returned.
Places are limited to 20 practitioners, so early application is advised. Once the retreat is full, you will be notified and placed on a wait list, and we will contact you if a place opens up. If it does not, then your deposit will be returned.
If you are placed on the wait list and you then cancel your registration before a space has become available, your deposit will be returned.
If you are placed on a wait list and are unable to attend the retreat, please let us know immediately. As long as your name remains on a list, we assume you wish to attend. If a space becomes available, we will automatically confirm your registration. Once you are confirmed for a retreat, you are liable for applicable cancellation fees if you subsequently cancel.